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A Holiday Feast  by Larner 128 Review(s)
FreyalynReviewed Chapter: 26 on 12/29/2014
This has been a lovely little festive series - thank you for sharing it with us.

Author Reply: I rejoice that you have enjoyed it, Freyalyn! Thank you so!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 26 on 12/26/2014
Ah, Frodo in mischief with Folco! Lovely thought.

Author Reply: I can so easily imagine Bilbo suggesting that Frodo and Folco go visit the older Hobbits who, it would be hoped, wouldn't expect first-footers to come through their doors and so wouldn't be as likely to ply younger Hobbits with too much in the way of drink only to have it backfire on them in such a way. Heh! Glad you enjoyed it. See you next Friday!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 25 on 12/26/2014
Ah, yes, First-footing. Sounds like such a lovely tradition. I think Ferdibrand was the most successful first-footer in history, at least so far as my own stories go... (and he wasn't even first-footing! at least, not intentionally...)

Author Reply: And as so much of my own imagination regarding the Shire and its traditions was sparked by your writings, I'm glad that dear Ferdi and his fateful Yule came to your mind immediately. I do like your Ferdi!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 24 on 12/26/2014
This left me chuckling. Ah, Freddy!

And I was wondering how you would manage "X"! Very clever solution!

Author Reply: I am glad you approve! Although I liked the time I had Bilbo making a treasure map to convince the young Hobbit youths to dig a hole in which to plant a new tree in the apple orchard! And Freddy is fun to work into my stories when I can!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 23 on 12/26/2014
I was thinking of calling this recipe to the attention of the wee-est hobbit, who is the best cook amongst our lot, until I got to the eggs. Really? Eggs in wassail? She's never put eggs in hers, so this was something new to me. Is it something like eggnog, then? (None of us has any use for eggnog, unless used as an ingredient in bread pudding or baked French toast.)

Author Reply: I sent you a recipe I found online. Hope that it pleases the wee-est Hobbit. I didn't see eggs in it. Enjoy!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 22 on 12/26/2014
Ah. One of the Aunts regularly sends violet candy to the wee hobbits. We had violets at the old house. Don't know yet what spring blooms we'll have here.

Are violets something you can get at a nursery, to plant, if you don't already have them in the landscape? I never thought about them at the old house. We had some lovely woodland plants there, violets and bleeding hearts and bracken and trillium, but we didn't plant them, they were already there when we moved in all those years ago.

Author Reply: I think you can. What I'm looking for this spring are some more trillium bulbs, as I so love them! Would love to have them coming up in the shady corners. My bleeding heart plant by the front step can be spectacular when it blooms! Do check with local nurseries. I love violets, too.

UTfrogReviewed Chapter: 26 on 12/26/2014
Love it!

Author Reply: And I'm so glad you have enjoyed it, UTfrog! Thank you so much!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 26 on 12/26/2014

I think this experience is well-known not only to hobbits but also to men. If only there wasn't the hangover afterwards ;-)

Author Reply: Oh, yes--too well known! Glad it brought a laugh!

Kaylee ArafinwielReviewed Chapter: 26 on 12/26/2014
LOL! So, Frodo is terribly drunk without even a taste of ale? Poor lad! I wonder if you might expand on the tradition of 'first footing' for me - I'm sure I've heard of it before, but I can't place it; is it a Hobbitish tradition or one from our own world?

Goodness, remind me never to accept a drink from Ponto or Iris! Or how to turn them down respectfully, at least...

What a well done series - not that I would expect any less from you, Larner! I will no doubt return to this tale again and again - and it's nearing time for my yearly reread of "Transformation", so you know what I will be doing in eight days' time! :)

Author Reply: This is a tradition I believe of Scotland in which the first visitor to a home after midnight of the new year is believed to bring a blessing upon the house. Traditionally young men go about from house to house, bringing salt, kindling or fuel for the fire, a small amount of oil, bread, and other gifts symbolizing warmth, full bellies, comfort, and freedom from pestilence for the house visited, and the hosts reward them with a drink and perhaps a scarf or other gift to thank them for the blessings brought. Several people have seen this as a sort of tradition Hobbits would appreciate and have written it into their fics, to the point it has become a popular fanon. The Yule Dwarf is another tradition.

And enjoy Transformation when you read it again!

Thanks so much for all of your comments!

(And in my-verse Ponto's home-made mash is quite infamous for causing remarkable things to be done by the most staid of Hobbits from the region of the Hill! Heh!)

Kaylee ArafinwielReviewed Chapter: 25 on 12/26/2014
O and it seems a joyous Yule feast was had by all! I am so glad! I do hope your Christmas was just as delightful Larner! :)

Mum and Dede (her best friend/coworker, who lives with us) and I had dinner out at Denny's with a child from Dede's class and the child's mother. We had meant to go to BJ's Brewhouse & Restaurant, but they were closed! Someone did not do the research beforehand! Heh! Luckily Denny's is open 24/7/365...although I do feel sorry for our poor server, attending half the restaurant by himself! I had a rather hobbity meal, but nothing so grand as this Yule spread! I do wonder what the recipe for non-alcoholic wassail is, if you'd care to share it? :) *hopes*

I see there's one last chapter for today, so onward!


Author Reply: Well, we had to get through the whole alphabet, right? Heh!

Have been in a similar situation on a holiday, not having checked to see who might possibly be open until the last moment, merely assuming someone would still be serving while we hurried to get to our destination with time to settle in before a late dinner on Christmas Eve with no one having had breakfast or lunch as yet.

And the Yule feast must be plentiful, or so I've found! No gruel about my place on Christmas Eve or Day! Heh!

Author Reply: And the recipe can be found at:

and on the LOTR GenFic list. Enjoy!

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